The company sold 15 lakh packets of
BG-I and 9.50 lakh packets of BG-II in almost all the cotton growing
states of India during the fiscal.
vegetables & transgenic crops (cotton)
27, New Cotton
Nagpur - 440018
Ankur Seeds Private Limited, a forerunner in
marketing of insect resistant cotton hybrids in the country, increased
its market share in Bt cotton substantially. The total revenue of Ankur
Seeds for FY 2010-11 was
The company sold 15 lakh packets of BG-I and 9.50 lakh packets of BG-II
in almost all the cotton growing states of India during the fiscal. For
distribution of its products, the firm has a well spread marketing
network in 16 states of the country, head office in Nagpur, 11 regional
offices and six area offices.
The company organizes several regional demonstrations across the
country which is attended by 100,000 farmers every year. The company
has organized seven regional demonstrations in the previous year and
invited over 50,000 farmers to its programs.
It started its research activities in cotton, okra, brinjal and
chillies and has expanded to more than 15 crops. The R&D of the
company is recognized by the Department of Scientific & Industrial
Research (DSIR) and the company also received the National Award for
excellent R&D achievement from Government of India in 1996.
Ankur Seeds has production and processing facilities spread across the
various potential production areas of the country.
The company has 11 state-of-the-art processing plants, with production
capacity of over 16,000 tons; a dehumidified storage capacity of 5,000
sq m for medium term storage and 10,000 sq m of warehouses. Its
products like Akka-Bt, Jai-Bt in cotton; Sonam & Rupali in paddy;
Ankur 40 in okra; Ankur 32 in chilly; tomato 1001; Ajay, Kirti, Utkarsh
in brinjal; Latika in ridge gourd; Shreya and Karishma in bitter gourd
have become extremely popular with the farmers.
In the year 2010-11, Ankur Seeds applied for registration of 14
varieties in PPV and FRA and it also
released more than 20 varieties of commercial crops.
Ankur Seeds has invested significantly in marker-assisted breeding
projects for developing drought and disease resistant varieties in
vegetable and rice. To achieve this it has collaborated with national
and international institutes.
Screening of drought resistant cotton transgenics is under process as
per the guidelines of DBT and will also apply for the event selection
trials for Bt brinjal that has been developed by the company.
In brinjal, the company has successfully developed cytoplasmic genetic
male sterility, which will have long term benefits in hybrid seed
production technology in brinjal.
The company has also procured a gene for insect resistance from the
Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 2009, work on which is
Ankur Seeds also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the
International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology to
work on a research project on development of virus resistance in okra.